Are you afraid to allow your 5-7 year old to cross the street alone, or go swimming without supervision? Perhaps you’re afraid for your child to go to the park alone. These are things we can control. The thing that many parents don’t realize (I didn’t), is that there is a murderer on the loose, and we cannot protect our children from it. It does not discriminate, it does not care how much money you have, or the color of your skin, or your gender. It is called DIPG, and it is claiming the lives of 250-300 children each year, in the US alone. If these kids all died at the same time each year, it would be considered an epidemic, and EVERYONE would know about this murderer; maybe DIPG would get the recognition it deserves. But because it is killing children all throughout the year, in different areas, people like myself don’t even know it exists until their child, or someone close to them is effected. We need a cure, we need to be able to save our kids. 4% of NCI (National Cancer Institution) funding for all types of childhood cancers will NEVER be enough. Every adult I’ve spoke to has said they would give their own life to save their child, some have said they’d have given their life to save my child- who they never met, so why are we giving 96% of NCI funding to adult cancers?